Taking tea at the Abbey!

Calling all bakers! As part of the Great Bath Feast, Bath Abbey is hosting a bake sale with a difference and inviting people from Mary Berry’s home town to join in.

bath abbey cake bakeOn Saturday 18 October, tables filled with hundreds of cakes, cookies and other fancies will line the Abbey’s north aisle for the Great Bath Bake Sale. It will be the first time that the public will be able to show their support for Footprint, the Abbey’s fundraising appeal driven by the need to save the historic floor from collapse.

Two local food charities, Bath FoodCycle and FareShare, will also be represented and will receive a share of the proceeds. It’s something everyone can get involved in, whether you’re a professional pâtissier, occasionally bake for fun or simply enjoy eating tasty treats and want to support the sale by turning up.

The most significant sponge-based event ever to hit Bath, the Great Bath Bake Sale will have enough cakes, bakes and tempting treats to line the length of an Olympic swimming pool and is sure to appeal to sweet tooth visitors of all ages.bath abbey cake bake

Taking place between 1pm and 4pm, the event will also feature hands-on bread-making workshops for children from Bath’s famous Bertinet Kitchen. Parents and grandparents can keep little ones entertained as they enjoy a cup of tea and cake, and even take a few tasty morsels home to enjoy later!

Laura Brown, Footprint Appeal Director, said: “We’re really excited about the Great Bath Bake Sale. This marks the beginning of our fundraising appeal and we can’t wait to welcome new and old friends to join us for what will be a wonderful family event.”

The Great Bath Bake Sale will leave you feeling full of generosity as well as cake, as all proceeds go towards Bath Abbey’s Footprint Project, plus charities FareShare and FoodCycle. Footprint is a £19.3 million project which aims to carry out essential repairs to the Abbey’s collapsing floor, install a new eco-friendly heating system using Bath’s unique hot springs, create new spaces and facilities, and record and interpret the Abbey’s 1,200 years of history.

Laura, added: “Bath Abbey is in desperate need of repair and restoration. People have been walking on the stone floor for hundreds of years and we need to carry out some important conservation work to ensure the Abbey will still be standing here for hundreds if not thousands of years to come. And what better way to bring people together in aid of this good cause, than over a slice of cake?”

So if you’ve been inspired by the Great British Bake Off, come along and showcase your baking skills “Mary Berry style”. Donations of cakes, breads or any baked goods will be gratefully received on the morning of the sale or just drop by to enjoy a selection of tasty treats!

For more information about The Great Bath Bake Sale visit http://www.bathabbey.org/greatbathbakesale or visit http://www.bathabbey.org/footprint/your-support to donate to the Footprint project. You can tweet to show your support using the hashtag #GreatBathBakeSale.